Fáilte! That is, welcome, SusaChef. As long as you're fun and a positive addition to the community, we're always happy to have you no matter how chatty!
It's always interesting to learn what path brought people into cooking. I'll take a chance and bet it was the division of labor in a large family that sent you to the kitchen, as it often does, everyone taking his/her turn at the stove now and then. Did you get the leeway to choose how to prepare the provender in exchange for the duty? Many of us (myself included) got our first cooking lessons beside a relative in a home kitchen. If we were fortunate, we got wonderful memories and good skills in the bargain.
We hope you'll take some time to explore the site, going beyond the forums to view the photo galleries, read the cooking articles and product reviews, and get into all the nooks and crannies here. We've been online for well over a decade, so using the search tool will yield you riches in old conversations and wisdom of our members who've moved along. Just be aware of the dates on the threads before you decide to respond, as some of them may have ended long ago.
Enjoy the site, and good luck in your career path. Welcome!